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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th October 2011

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent New York Theatre Workshop production of the play with music Peter And The Starcatcher, by Rick Elice, music by Wayne Barker, adapted from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's 'prequel' to J M Barrie's Peter Pan, with a company of 12 portraying 50 characters, directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, with musical staging by Stephen Hoggett, will be remounted on Broadway, at a theatre yet to be announced, next spring. Casting has yet to be confirmed. The design team comprises scenery by Donyale Werle, costumes by Paloma Young, lighting by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Darron L West. It will be presented by Nancy Nagel Gibbs and Greg Schaffert.

Target Margin Theater's 2011/2012 season will include Listen! a new company-created work exploring the history of Yiddish and avant-garde theatre, curated by John Del Gaudio and Kate Marvin, at The Bushwick Starr from 15th March; and Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, a story of unrequited love, dogged perseverance, and the strength of the human spirit, directed by David Herskovitz, at the HERE Arts Center in April. The Bushwick Starr is located at 207 Starr Street, between Irving and Wyckoff Avenues in Brooklyn, and the HERE Arts Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.

Retro Productions will stage Milan Stitt's The Runner Stumbles, a part courtroom drama, part whodunit, based on a true story of a nun's mysterious murder in a remote parish in northern Michigan in the 1910s, with Jim Boerlin, Becky Byers, Nat Cassidy, Heather E Cunningham, Casandera M J Lollar, Joe Mathers, Christopher Patrick Mullen, Alisha Spielmann and Ric Sechrest, directed by Peter Zinn, previewing on November 7th at the Richmond Shepard Theatre, opening on November 8th. The Richmond Shepard Theatre is located at 309 East 26th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Human Animals will stage David Jenkins's Post Office, in which an aging mail carrier and a disillusioned housewife set out to teach a 19 year old everything they know, directed by Josie Whittlesey, opening at the New Ohio Theatre on 30th November. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

Forthcoming shows at Theater For The New City will include Deathscape, written and directed by Misha Shulman, a multi-media, puppet-centered 'Kafka-meets-Cocteau-in-A-Yellow-Submarine' play, performed by Matthew Cabil, Joseph A Ware and 4 puppeteers, previewing on November 10th, opening on November 11th; the return of the KADM Players production of Matt Morillo's Angry Young Women In Low-Rise Jeans With High-Class Issues, looking at 'nervous urban goddesses', with Ivan Perez, David Jenkins, Paul Eddy, Mia Van De Water, Angelica Rose Sirabella, Laurie Berich, Kitty Lindsay, Darlene Rae Heller, Shara Ashley Zeiger and Julia Giolzetti, directed by Bobbi Masters, from December 1st; and the Bread And Puppet Theater with Man Of Flesh And Cardboard: A Cardboard Opera, dealing with the soldier who supplied restricted material to WikiLeaks, for adults, and Man = Carrot Circus, based on the revelation that an upright man rooted in dirt was created in the image of the upright carrot rooted in dirt, for family audiences, also from December 1st. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue at 10th Street.

Kurotama Kikaku Theater Company will stage Shin Hasegawa's Kutsukake Tokijiro, a 1920s Japanese gangster story that explores the themes of love, obligation and self-sacrifice, translated by Keiko Tsuneda, adapted and directed by Jun Kim, with choreography by Kayoko Sakoh, previewing from November 10th at the Flea Theater, opening on November 13th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

Alex Goldberg's It Is Done, a site specific thriller about three strangers trapped inside a desolate bar in the middle of nowhere, with Catia Ojeda, Matt Kalman and Ean Sheehy, directed by Tom Wojtunik, previewing on November 7th at The Mean Fiddler Bar & Grill, opening on November 8th. The Mean Fiddler Bar & Grill is located at 266 West 47 Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. The producers are 22Q Entertainment and GO AlleyCat Productions.

Barefoot Theatre Company will stage Gloucester Blue, a black comedy about a man who returns home after a long absence and encounters all manner of infidelities and murders, written and directed by Israel Horovitz, with Francisco Solorzano, Therese Plaehn and Christopher Whalen, previewing from November 17th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on November 19th. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The All For One Theater Festival, comprising performances, workshops and panel discussions of and about solo shows, will run at Theatre 80 from 11th to 20th November. Participating writers and performers include Deanna Pacelli, Mari Brown, Jeff Grow, Deb Margolin, Raoul Bhaneja, Heather Harpham, Roger Bonair-Agard, Daniel Maclvor, P J Walsh, Jenni Wolfson, Mary Dimino, Grant Sullivan, Al Letson, Gioia DeCari, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Martin Dockery, Katie Northlich, Josh Rivedal, Jack Fry, Joanna Parson, Zero Boy and Elizabeth Van Meter. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.